EXCLUSIVE: Chloe Sevigny and Travis Fimmel have boarded the cast of Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete. They join, as previously reported exclusively by Deadline, Steve Buscemi and Charlie Plummer in the lead role of Charley Thompson, the itinerant teen abandoned by his mother as a baby. The film is an adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s acclaimed novel of the same name. It follows Charley as he embarks on a perilous journey in search of his long-lost aunt and a possible home. Charley’s quest carries him from a horse-racing track in Portland, through the sagebrush of the Oregon desert, to the city streets of Denver, his sole companion the stolen racehorse Lean on Pete.
The Bureau’s Tristan Goligher is producing. Film4 is co-financing along with the British Film Institute. A24 are the U.S. distrib with international rights being handled by The Bureau Sales.
Chloë Sevigny will play the role of Bonnie, a jockey who rides for Steve Buscemi’s character Del. Travis Fimmel will play Ray, Charley’s father. The award-winning actress Sevigny can currently be seen in Whit Stillman’s ecstatically reviewed Love and Friendship opposite Kate Beckinsale. She also stars in Netflix original series Bloodline. Sevigny recently made her directorial debut on the shirt film Kitty, about a little girl who dreams of being a kitten, which preemed to good notices at Cannes earlier this year.
Sevigny also has a trio of projects in the pipelines: Universal’s The Snowman, opposite Michael Fassbender; Oren Moverman’s The Dinner, which stars Gere and also Charlie Plummer as well as Alex Ross Perry’s Golden Exits. Sevigny is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and WME.
Travis Fimmel, who returns as lead Ragnar Lothbrok on the History Channel’s hit series Vikings later this year, has also seen his film stock rising with well-received perfs in Rebecca Miller’s critically-acclaimed Maggie’s Plan and Universal/Legendary’s Warcraft, currently at $430 million worldwide box office. The Australian Fimmel also recently signed on to the lead role in the Paul Haggis co-scripted Inversion with Peter Segal directing. Fimmel is repped by Paradigm, Management 360 and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.
Haigh has emerged to become one of the UK’s most interesting filmmakers. His previous film 45 Years, about an aging couple — played by Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay — and their faltering relationship emerged as an awards-season dark horse last year with a best actress nomination for Rampling at the Academy Awards and a best British film nomination at the BAFTAs. The film also took home the best British/Irish film of the year at the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards along with Best Actor and Actress of the Year.
Haigh has also signed on to direct the Alexander McQueen biopic for producer Damian Jones and Pathe. Red hot playwright Chris Urch, whose latest play The Rolling Stone debuted in London to ecstatic reviews, is writing the project. That project will likely go after Haigh is done with Lean On Pete.